Category Archives: Tutorials

Creative Way to Present a Gift Using Bag & Tissue

With Halloween just a few days away and the holidays approaching there will be many opportunities for goodies and gift giving. Today I have a tutorial that will show you a creative way to present a gift. It’s a twist on using a gift bag and tissue.



I chose plain brown paper bags but you could use any solid color. My love for baby boo pumpkins inspired me to use tissue in an aged beige color. The pumpkin would be very cute in orange too.


For the star I used a smaller bag. My plan was to use a matte gold tissue paper but the store I went to didn’t have it. They did have this beige and gold glitter paper so I decided to give it a try.


Now for the very simple instructions and supply list.

1) Gift Bag
2) Tissue Paper
3) Scissors
4) Glue
5) Pencil


Right click to save the above template to your computer and print it in the desired size


Trace around the star onto the bag

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Cut tissue paper into 1 1/2 inch squares. You will need 35-50 depending on the size of your bag, etc. Crumple each square up into a ball and then open back up enough to pinch from the middle and create a sort of pointed blossom.

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Begin gluing blossoms in the center of the star, dotting the pointed end with glue and pressing onto bag. It won’t have defined edges during this part of the process but keep the bottom (glued portion) of each blossom within and against the pencil border.


Once the glue has dried, define the star shape by pinching, pressing and scrunching the outer edges.
Any simple shape will work and the design could be adapted to fit any occasion.


Here’s the template I used to create the pumpkin bag.
Feel free to use, pin and share!
Happy creating!

This week’s tip for A Little Bird Told Me is on a subject I loathe ~ cleaning.

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This is how I clean my oven door and it works beautifully!

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DIY Rolling Pedestal Stand

In Part 2 of my farmhouse kitchen reveal I showed you a rolling pedestal stand that I made to display coffee cups on. It is part of my coffee station I keep on the kitchen counter and it also makes a great serving tray. The antique casters give it an industrial feel that I love.


Hot cider season is coming!! With the changing seasons, I changed out the springy green pillow in my breakfast nook for this vintage crochet pillow in fall hues.

Back to the rolling pedestal stand. Today I want to share with you how I put it all together.
Here’s what you’ll need:

2 9″ plywood circles (found at craft and hobby stores)
Caning strips
White paint
Metal candlestick or other base with “legs”
3 small casters
E-6000 adhesive
Tacky Glue

Starting with a metal candle stand, I removed the center plate from it and
flipped it over on its other end.

I used 2 9 inch plywood circles that I painted white. I doubled them up
to give more thickness and stability.
Next I used some caning that I’ve been keeping in my craft closet for the right project.

I cut and glued 12 vertical 1 3/4 inch strips
and a horizontal strip around the circumference of the plywood circles using Tacky Glue.

rolling_pedestal_stand_step_4I then glued a strip around the top to complete the border, securing it with clamps until dry.

I used my Drimmel to cut the posts off 3 casters.

Then I used E-6000 to glue the casters to the “legs” of the candlestick,
again securing with clamps until the glue was dry.


Once the glue on the casters was dry I flipped the base over and glued the tray on top with E-6000.


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DIY Patriotic Sparkler Sprays

The following is a re-post which originally ran in June 2014. Since July 4 is right around the corner I though it would be a great time to share it again.

Summer is in full swing, with swimming, baseball, bbqs, nights on the patio, lightning bugs…ahhhh. And I’m starting to hear fireworks, a definite sign of summer. Today is #45 in my series, Girls Want Pearls, and I have a patriotic décor project to show you. It’s a play on my previous post here. I’m going to show you how to make Pearl and Bead Patriotic Sparkler Sprays for your July 4th table or buffet.

The supply list is short: 20 gauge wire, pearls, red beads, blue beads, foil, glitter and glue. I have actually taken vintage mercury bead sprays and modified them but I’ll show you how to make them from scratch.

To create a bouquet of this size (2 sprays):
Start by cutting 8 pieces of wire, approx. 14 inches in length. Twist 4 pieces of wire together approx. 6 inches from the bottom to form a wire spray. Thread the beads and pearls on, in solid or alternating patterns. Repeat steps to make the second spray.

Cap them at the top with foil using the method shown here:
The above bouquet is 4 sprays.
That’s it! You can make several sprays and place them as centerpieces or to beautify your buffet table.


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DIY Double Dip Flip: Maple Seed Butterfly Art

Welcome to DIY Double Dip Flip! Heather and I are excited to share our fourth project in this series where we start with an inspiration piece from either fashion or decor, then we each show you our unique take on how to use the idea to create something entirely different in decor or fashion. For this month’s inspiration I chose a Butterfly Smoking Slipper by Jon Josef.
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………………………………………………………………………The Shoes

I first fell in love with these adorable smoking slippers because of the style and colors. Then the butterflies jumped out at me. I had been planning on making some art work using a bunch of helicopters (a.k.a. maple seeds) I had gathered and I knew a butterfly would be the perfect subject.

And now I give you my flip for this month:





I picked up an old window at the flea market for $10. I decided on a coral color scheme and created an ombre effect by mixing the paint myself.


I love the way the helicopters look in their natural dried state, so I chose to leave them that way for the outer and inner borders of the butterfly.


Now for the how to portion of the post. To create your own maple seed butterfly art you’ll need:

1) Maple Seeds (a.k.a. helicopters)
2) Old Window or Framed Glass
3) Craft Paints
4) Glue (I used E-6000)

Spring and fall are the best times to gather maple seeds. After you collect them you’ll want to allow them to dry out. You can accelerate the drying process by laying them out in a single layer in a window sill. After a few days they will fade to the desired color.

Decide on a color scheme and buy or mix your paint. If an ombre effect is desired you can start with the darkest paint as your base and then mix in white or cream to lighten the formula each time you paint a new layer.

Draw or print out an outline of a butterfly sized to fit the frame you are using.

Place the drawing beneath the glass, centered within your frame. Begin gluing the helicopters around the outer edge, following the general shape of the outline as shown.

Once you have finished the outline you are ready to start on the second layer.

Glue the second layer, overlapping the first layer and covering the seed pod.

Continue gluing each consecutive layer in the same manner until your butterfly is complete.


Thank you so much for stopping in. Heather has her own unique project to share with you using the same sweet slippers as her inspiration.

She always has something creative up her sleeve! Visit her at Woods of Bell Trees to check out her interpretation of this month’s flip!


Linking with:Shabby Art Boutique, French Country Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors

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DIY Double Dip Flip: Chandelier Lamp Shades

Welcome to DIY Double Dip Flip! Heather and I are excited to share our third project in this series where we start with an inspiration piece from either fashion or decor, then we each show you our unique take on how to use the idea on something entirely different in decor or fashion. For this month’s inspiration, Heather chose an entire set with soft spring colors and lots of great texture.

………………………………………………………………………A similar pullover C’est Si Bon

Being a lover of frayed edge denim, I was immediately drawn to the ripped knee patch jeans and decided to make that my jumping off point. I am in the middle of making changes in my breakfast nook and my chandelier needed a makeover.

So my flip for this month is DIY Chandelier Lamp Shades.

After my husband spray painted the fixture black I dressed the lamp shades in layers of frayed canvas.

These were really easy to do and I’ll show you how with just a few steps. But first I want to show you the “before” picture of the chandelier.

It’s not a very good picture but you can see that the fixture was an ivory color and the shades were black. You can also see the old wall color.

The black fixture gives the space a more grounded feel. The frayed canvas cloth adds softness and texture. I love my new wall color and I can’t wait to show you the entire space when it’s complete. You can catch a glimpse of another finished piece for the nook here.

Now back to the lamp shade tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own tiered, frayed canvas lamp shades.

A template for you to adapt for your own use. For standard chandelier type shades the width of the template needs to be 14 inches. I had to print it out on two sheets and tape them together.

Cut out your 2 template parts and tape them together.

Measure out and mark the pattern to be divided into 3 layers. The first mark for the bottom layer will be at 1 5/16 inches, the second mark at 2 5/8 inches.

Make the same markings in a few more places across the pattern and pencil in the connecting curves.

Cut out the three pieces. These will be the patterns for your three layers.

Cut out your fabric, leaving an approx. 1/8 inch allowance above and below the pattern.

Fray the fabric strips. Note: the bottom and middle layer will only need to be frayed at the bottom edge.

The top layer will need to be frayed at both the top and bottom edges. You can fray the ends too.

Glue the bottom strip to the lamp shade leaving enough fringe to cover the entire bottom rim.

Overlap the middle layer and glue. Glue the top layer making sure to extend it far enough up to cover the top rim of the shade.

This design could also be adapted for full size lamp shades.

So you’ve seen my take but you haven’t seen Heather’s! Be sure to go visit her blog Woods of Bell Trees to see how she interpreted this month’s design.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Dollar Store Bird Tutorial

I’ve had some requests to do a tutorial on my little bird featured in a Phrase Art Phriday post I did a few weeks ago. I’m so happy to share with you today my Dollar Store Bird Tutorial. I knew it would take a while to capture all of the instructions in photos but I really prefer to produce my tutorials that way for all the visual learners (like me). It would have been easier to just type a bunch of instructions and include a few photos, and for some that would have been sufficient to follow along. But when a project has more than 3 or 4 steps it can be difficult to follow without instructional photos. So, you’re welcome! :) But seriously, thank you for visiting and showing an interest in my projects.

I’ll begin by showing you my finished product, just completed for this tutorial.


Each bird I have created has had its own personality.

The bird I used this time as a base was a tiny bit smaller than the one I used last time. You just never know what you’re going to find at the dollar store. I’ve had good luck finding them in the florals, usually attached to a branch of leaves or some evergreen. You can of course also get inexpensive bird bases at the craft store.



I decided to use pearls for this little birdie’s crown.


It suits her, don’t you think?

If you would like to create your own upcycled bird, here’s what you’ll need:

Supply specifics are given in the individual steps.


And this. I think I always forget to photograph at least one supply!

And now for the instructions:

Step 1: Tear a piece of tissue paper into tiny pieces, approximately the size of your thumbnail and smaller. It won’t take an entire piece of tissue paper. Just start with a pile and tear more as you need it.

Step 2: Brush your chosen medium (water based sealer, Mod-Podge, etc.) on a small section of the bird, apply tissue pieces, and brush over them to flatten and secure.

Step 3: Continue applying tissue until the bird is completely covered, including the feathers, beak and eyes. Brush on a thin coat of metallic pearl white paint with a watery brush.

Step 4: Now it’s time to dig out the eyes (eewww). Using your fingernails or tweezers, poke through the tissue, grasping the eyes and wiggle them out. This will create a socket effect.

Step 5: Cover over the eye area with one layer of tissue paper. Then poke a tiny slit to create the eye, using a pin or needle.


Step 6: Now for the crown. Cut 5 pieces of fine gauge wire 2 inches long each. Fold the wire in half, pinching together at the fold with pliers to form a point.

Step 7: Using a pin or needle, poke a pair of holes in the top of the bird’s head, approx. 1/8 inch apart. and 1/2 inch or so deep. Place the first crown spike in the holes and press in. You may have to reshape the spike a little after its in place. This is easy to do by pinching the top and running a toothpick or other slim item along the insides.


Step 8: Repeat step 7 until all 5 crown spikes are in place.

Step 9: To create the crown band, cut a piece of wire 6 inches in length. Wrap the wire around a tubular object (I used a permanent marker). Before placing the band on the bird’s head, push the 5 spikes toward the center to allow room for the band to fit over.

Step 10: Once the band is in place, spread the spikes back out again and place pearls or your chosen jewels onto the spikes, using a dot of glue to secure.

Next and lastly, we’ll give the bird her wings and tail feathers.

I included 3 pattern sizes to accommodate varying bird sizes. Just right click the images and save to your computer.

Step 11: Print and cut a wing and tail feathers from the pattern provided, using paper or card stock. You can use the same wing pattern twice instead of cutting it out twice.

Step 12: If you were only able to find white velvet, you can tea stain it. Just dip it in very hot tea, let sit for 5-10 minutes and blot with a paper towel to absorb most of the moisture and give it the desired depth of color. Allow it to air dry, right side up.

Step 13: Place wing and feather patterns on wrong side of velvet, attaching with a glue stick. Cut out the velvet, concentrating mainly on the outline of the pattern. The slits can be cut to desired length (I ended up cutting the slits in my velvet longer than the pattern slits.) If using one wing pattern twice, be sure to flip it over so it faces the other direction for the second wing.

Step 14: Before attaching the tail feather, trim the tissue on the bird’s tail as shown. Apply glue to the bird’s tail, spreading glue very, very thin over the surface (if glue is thick or too wet it will soak through to front of velvet.) Once the velvet is in place, you may have to cut slits in the base tail if it’s showing through the velvet tail slits.

dollar_store_bird_tutorial_step_22_23_24Step 15: Apply glue to the first wing, along part of the outer edge as shown. Please note: I feathered out the glue line more than is shown here before applying wing to bird. Attach the wing so that the inner top corner is up against the base of the bird’s head and the 5 feathers are angled as shown. Press gently into place along glued border and allow to dry.

Step 16: Repeat step 15 for second wing.

Note: After I made this bird I decided the tail feather was one feather too wide. So the pattern provided has been edited since then and for that reason you can see six feathers in my example instead of the five feathers in the pattern. Just in case anyone noticed!


If you like my aqua moss nest, see how to dye your own Spanish moss.

As always, I’m happy to answer any questions about materials, instructions, etc.


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